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willpower

or will pow·er

[wil-poh-er]
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noun
  1. control of one's impulses and actions; self-control.
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Origin of willpower

First recorded in 1870–75; will2 + power
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  • His brother Laurence—wasted—all through women—atrophy of willpower!

    Five Tales

    John Galsworthy

  • I'm afraid you pride yourselves on a degree of willpower you never exercised.

    Moral

    Ludwig Thoma

  • The willpower is firm, and is combined with enterprise and perseverance.

  • Every possible care should be given to the development of the willpower of these children.

  • Even as a boy, he had a purpose, and willpower enough to carry it out.

    Modern Americans

    Chester Sanford


British Dictionary definitions for willpower

willpower

noun
  1. the ability to control oneself and determine one's actions
  2. firmness of will
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Word Origin and History for willpower

n.

also will power, 1874, from will (n.) + power (n.).

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